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Illustrated History of Connecticut License Plates
Joe Wasielewski - ALPCA Member 6996
All-Terrain
Ambulance
Amateur Radio
Apportioned
Boat Ramp
Bus
Camp Trailer to 1957
Camp Trailer 1958-
Camper
Classic Vehicle
Combination 1
Combination 2
Commercial to 1957
Commercial 1958-
Common
Construction
Dealer Motorcycle
Dealer New to 1969
Dealer New 1970-1989
Dealer New 1990-
Dealer Spec. Equip.
Dealer Used to 1969
Dealer Used 1970-1989
Dealer Used 1990-
Dismantler
Early American
Error Plates
Exp. Test
Factory
Farm
Fire Apparatus
Fish
Foreign Consul
Gasoline
Handicapped
Hearse
High Mileage Veh.
Interstate
Junk
Livery
Marine Trailer
M.F.G.
Military
Miscellaneous/Local
Motorcycle
Municipal
M.V. Dept
Parade
Permits
Political - State
Political - US
POW
Prototype
PUC
Repair to 1969
Repair 1970-
Sample
School Bus
Service Bus
Snowmobile
Special Equipment
Sphinx
State
Student Transport
Taxi
Temp. Metal Plates
Temp. Non-Passenger
Temp. Pass.
Temp. Reg. Certificate
Toll
Trailer
Trans.
Vanpool
Veteran
Volunteer Firefighter
Wrecker
Dealer Used 1970-1989
Click to see this type in useContinuing the practice begun in 1961, Used Dealer plates reversed colors every year - white on blue for even years, and blue on white for odd.

1980 was the last embossed date - for a while. There were no dated 1981 Used Dealer plates; a 1982 decal was used on the 1980 plates. At this time, the month of expiration was also indicated on the decals - February.

For the 1985 through 1987 expirations, the plate colors were reversed to blue on white. Distinctive decals continued to be used, though beginning with 1986 the month of expiration was changed to April.

1988 saw a return to white on blue - making the plates the same colors as regular passenger car plates once again. Several key differences remained, though - there was no dot separator between the letters and numbers, and the little map graphic did not appear on these plates.

 

1970 1971
1970 1971
   
 1972 1973 
1972 1973
   
1974 1975
1974 1975
   
1976 1977
1976 1977
The new, narrower dies were introduced for the 1977 expirations.
   
1978 1979
1978
Highest letter available for a used dealer. This one is still in the original plastic. Too bad the plastic has holes in it, and now there's dirt inside.
1979
   
 1980 1982
1980
Starting with the 1980 plates, reflectorization was added to the numbers
1982
There were no 1981 expirations. Decals were used on the 1980 plates through 1984.
   
1983 1984
1983 1984
   
1985 1986
1985
New plates were issued with reversed colors, to be used through 1987.
1986
   
1987 1987
1987
This is a typical plate in that it has no dot separator.
1987
Another plate from the same dealer, but WITH a dot.
   
1987 1988
Another 1987 with a dot separator. The serial number on the decals for this plate and the previously pictured 'dot' plate are pretty close to each other. These were probably re-makes or additional plates made later on. 1988
Colors were reversed again. These plates saw much more use than the last few series - they were used through 1997.
   
1989  
1989  
   
   
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